One thing you should know about Mr. Big Flavors, when it comes to food, he isn’t at all restrained. He will go all out for a meal, on both quality and quantity. Case in point… I mentioned to Mr. Big Flavors yesterday morning that I wanted to make an Asian inspired pork dish for dinner, so we could use the bok choy from our CSA box. I innocently assumed that meant he would stop at the store and pick up some ribs, or a shoulder, or maybe some loin. Instead, he bought all of those cuts, and more, totaling 20 pounds of pork which is literally consuming the entire left side of our refrigerator. Way to not go overboard, right? That’s just how he rolls…
For this dish, we used about 2 pounds of the 8 pound pork loin. Mr. Big butchered the rest, and from the remaining 6 pounds, we got 8 chops, cut some into small pieces for a quick stir fry, and left a 3 lb portion whole for the smoker. And at $1.79/pound, we can make 7 meals, so that comes out to about $2.25 per meal. Not to mention leftovers…. I think I love deals even more than I love pork!
Ok that’s a lie, especially after eating this pork dish. The glaze on this pork was outstanding; consisting of both sweet and heat. This is not a thick glaze; it nicely coats the meat, and leaves it very moist. Don’t be surprised when you see this glaze on another (or two or three) Little Kitchen Big Flavors posts. I already have plans for this glaze on both grilled chicken and shrimp.
For the side dishes, I was able to use the bok choy in a garlicky side dish, which was super quick and extremely flavorful. We also made a delicious fried rice side. We have two secrets to our fried rice. First, cook the vegetables separately, and only about halfway through. Then fry the rice and add the vegetables back in to finish cooking at the end. Second, cook the rice early and let it sit for about an hour, so it dries out just a bit and crisps up easier when frying.
The three components to this meal took about an hour to put together, but it was well worth the effort. Even if you made these separately, they are sure to taste great. Just promise me you won’t skip the pork? I’m drooling just thinking about how delicious it is.